Category: African-American Literature

Understanding Family: Achieving Self-Consciousness

Living in a world that is viewed through the idea of the color of your skin is a lesson to learn. Even though race is a social construct, indicated throughout history, race is the number one indicator of difference between people. Being black in America, there is a time one has to understand one’s self through the race perspective to fulfill the identity of being black. Thus, through the importance of family, which comes a sense of belonging, consciousness is achieved by the person seeking understanding in one’s life, with the comprehension of racism and sexism.

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